Notable Quotes

Love Your Life

Love your life, perfect your life, Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long, and its purpose in the service of your people. — Chief Tecumseh

Know Your Language

 You've got to know your language to understand your culture. — Beatrice Taylor, Ojibwe

Close to Nature

Indians living close to nature and nature's ruler are not living in darkness. — Walking Buffalo

Tribal Libraries

Tribal libraries now serve as the educational hub of the reservations. They're just absolutely critical. — Bonnie Biggs


Peace... comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. — Black Elk

Souls Dance

Souls dance in a circle, waiting to be born again on Earth. — Cherokee belief

Poisonous Firewater

 Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise men turn to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. — Tecumseh

The Medicine

When you carry the medicine, sometimes you have to carry it a long way. — Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree

The Great Spirit Raised Me

The Great Spirit raised both the white man and the Indian. I think he raised the Indian first. He raised me in this land, it belongs to me. The white man was raised over the great waters, and his land is over there. — Red Cloud

A Great Vision

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. — Crazy Horse